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SD-WAN – Your new Super Power

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The Wide Area Network is your vital business highway, and right now, it’s crumbling under the weight of expectation in an era of increasing dependency on applications and Cloud. But what if you had a super power that made your life, and your IT team’s life a whole lot easier?

Recently, CBR.com ranked the top 20 superpowers that people most desired. Surprisingly, immortality only came in at number 14. It looks like it’s not that big a deal to live forever. Number 2 was telepathy; think Patrick Stewart’s X-Men character Professor Charles Xavier. Telepathy is the direct communication of thoughts and feelings between people's minds, without the need to use speech, writing, or any other normal signals.

Telepathy is a bit like, “You never tell me what you're thinking, but now I have a super power so I know everything”.

Imagine if you could choose a super power in IT. What would it be? We reckon something like telepathy with a twist. Then you could peer into the workings of your WAN and know what’s really going on, removing all the guess work. After all, looking at legacy network routers for answers on network performance is a bit like staring into an abyss of nothingness. 

How much better off would we be if we could harvest and analyse the multitude of data points across the network to make more informed decisions in the interests of more potent network performance? What if we could be smarter about the way we manage network traffic and un-couple ourselves from the train called, “insatiable appetite for more bandwidth.”

Now IT teams have a new super power within easy reach. It’s SD-WAN, (Software Defined Wide Area Network), a smart layer of software that sits across the network. SD-WAN not only knows what the network is thinking, it knows exactly what it’s doing at any one time. It’s a massive leap from “I Know What You Did Last Summer” to “Every Breath You Take”.

Surprisingly there’s some resistance to this new IT super power. Perhaps SD-WAN has been a bit over-hyped or perhaps IT managers are a bit risk averse. While admittedly SD-WAN is relatively new to Australia, it’s technology that’s been around for about 5 years overseas and it’s going gang-busters.

While it’s understandable that some organisations are adopting a ‘let’s wait and see’ approach, many industry commentators believe that SD-WAN is an inevitability for any organisation dependent on applications and Cloud. Surely being able to move applications securely to the Cloud, deliver superior and consistent end-user experiences, and enhance network operations and cost efficiencies will win out in the end?

So, isn’t it time for a change from legacy thinking to thinking that plays a significant role in the future success of your organisation?

And in case you’re wondering, the number 1 most wanted super power? Elemental Control. Think Thor, God of Thunder who could control the weather. Now wouldn’t that be handy when our temperatures are so extreme that we feel like we’re melting.

Talk to Vertel today about how to get your SD-WAN super power or register for our webinar to find out if your ICT infrastructure is ‘fit’ for digital transformation.

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